The Sun Temple in India shines brightly with PIXERA
India Modira Village in Gujarat, India has been hailed as the first village in the country to run on solar energy around the clock, providing sustainable energy to more than 1,300 homes and government buildings.
In celebration of this important step forward for the area’s sustainability efforts, a new 3D projection display—powered entirely by solar energy—has been erected at the village’s sacred center: the Temple of the Sun.
Recently dedicated to the Hindu solar deity, Surya, the Sun Temple at Modira has recently caught the attention of many people in the area by forming the backdrop for a beautiful 20-minute show, which tells the story of the village’s rich history dating back to the past. Until 1617.
“The brief we received from the client, Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Limited, was to produce a 3D multimedia schematic presentation on the past, present and future of the Sun Temple at Modhera,” says Pratik Wadwa, CEO, Modern Stage Services (Projects). “The structure of the temple is quite unique and working in a heritage site comes with its own many challenges, so we needed to ensure that the best group was chosen for the project.”
To breathe new light into this unique building, five Christie D20WU-HS projectors have been installed with external weatherproof Harman Pro architectural lights, to illuminate the temple facade and create a mirror effect in the body of water in front of the monument.
All content was delivered using AV Stumpfl’s PIXERA media server software, a powerful 64-bit system capable of real-time 8K rendering, with intuitive 2D and 3D rendering mapping workflows.
Based on the core theme of usability, the interface enables a quick and intuitive learning process, whether working in 2D or 3D.
Featuring integrated VIOSO auto-calibration technology, PIXERA offers users a variety of calibration modes depending on the intended surface: flat or curved screens, 3D models and irregular surfaces such as rocks, or in this case, the entire facade of a building.
Wadhwa chose PIXERA in this unique installation, noting that the software’s capabilities are “universal” compared to anything else on the market: “The pre-visualization feature helps us communicate our ideas to clients,” he says. “With this tool, clients can fully visualize the end result before we start work on site which is an invaluable tool for us.”
Working on the centuries-old heritage monument, the team at Modern Stage Services overcame several challenges and limitations: “The Temple of the Sun was built hundreds of years ago, so of course there were no AutoCAD drawings to work with,” Wadhwa continues. “This is why we needed the best compositing, mapping and media manipulation software to help us understand the client’s brief. We are very pleased with the way PIXERA software handled the complexities of this project in an easy-to-use manner.”
To mark the prestigious occasion, the Indian Prime Minister inaugurated the Sun Temple premiere in October which now runs daily from 6-10pm. “The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, tweeted about the offer on his personal account,” Wadhwa concludes. “This was really cool and the biggest compliment to our team and everyone involved in the project.”